The odds-on Terrierman made hard work of beating MERCIAN KNIGHT at Southwell last month and Amy Murphy’s unexposed runner may well take his revenge here on 7lb better terms. Bumper winner Gonn Away should enjoy the step up in trip and makes more appeal than winning pointer Another Tuco and Ballyfarsoon, who has had 53 career starts but has never raced over this sort of trip.
Terrierman (IRE) 8-15fav (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, led before 2 out, driven out, won at Southwell 3m mdn (4) sft in Nov beating Mercian Knight (11-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Another Tuco (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Mid-div, 3rd 1/2way, prog bef 4out, ld bef 2out, 4l adv bef last, sow flat, won at Stowlin 3m mdn gd in May beating Mustmeetforapint (11-11) by 2l, 7 ran.
Ballyfarsoon (IRE) 22-1 (11-5) Led until mistake and headed 5th, led again before next, blundered and headed soon after, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 6, 31 1/2l behind Paricolor (10-5) at Fakenham 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Mercian Knight (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Raced keenly tracking leaders, ridden and went 2nd 3 out until before next, soon 2nd again, ridden after 2 out, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Terrierman (11-0) at Southwell 3m mdn (4) sft in Nov.
Gonn Away (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Held up behind, headway over 2f out, soon chased front pair, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Get An Oscar (10-2) at Hexham 2m (5) gd in Jun.